Thomas Jefferson Papers

Josiah Meigs to Thomas Jefferson, 16 February 1815

From Josiah Meigs

Washington City Feb. 16. 1815

My respected Friend

I cannot resist an impulse which all good men must feel. With the multitude of my Brethren of the United States, I congratulate you on the astonishing events of which we have received information within a very short period.

Next to that Good Being who has kindly guided this great people to their present happy state, I feel an emotion of Gratitude to Mr Jefferson which I have not language to express.

Your evening of life will be calm, serene1 & glorious.

I promise myself the pleasure of paying you my respects2 personally in the course of the approaching summer—

I ask no excuse for this Note—It certainly needs none—

I am, very respectfully

Josiah Meigs.

RC (DLC); at foot of text: “Thomas Jefferson Esq”; endorsed by TJ as received 23 Feb. 1815 and so recorded in SJL, which mistakenly dates the letter 15 Feb. 1815.

1Manuscript: “serenee.”

2Manuscript: “respcts.”

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